On Wrongthink and Intimidation

Here is a great video from Prager U and Kimberley Strassel, author of The Intimidation Game.

This topic has been written about in the pages of Salvo:

The Battle of Walkerton
Kevin O’Connor & the Defiant Survival of Memories Pizza
by Terrell Clemmons

. . . People of conscience would do well to reflect on the attempted takedown of Memories Pizza. Crystal clearly told the reporter that Memories would never deny service to a gay couple who came in to eat. But in response to a pointed question, she did say, “If a gay couple came in and wanted us to provide pizzas for their wedding, we would have to say no.” As if people routinely call upon pizza joints to provide their wedding reception dinner. It was clearly a setup—a sting interview cavalierly crafted to get multiple page views; good-faith reporting be damned. At that, it was wildly successful, but it also roused an alarmingly malicious mob demanding obeisance or blood. They got neither, at least not from Kevin or Crystal.

And there’s something else to reflect on here. In Maoist China, when an individual fell out of favor with the powers that be, he or she would be summoned to a “self-criticism” session—something akin to an ideological tarring and feathering. The entire community would loudly denounce the person, usually for no other reason than to avoid becoming the next self-criticism subject. As I watched the mob tactics play out in Indiana, I couldn’t help but think of this practice of conspicuous denunciation—the difference being, in America, that subjects don’t have to attend their own denunciation. . . .

I would also like to draw your attention to another instance of this kind of bullying. This time it’s happening at a Catholic university towards a brilliant professor for holding to Catholic views regarding sex and marriage. Rod Dreher writes of it at The American Conservative:

. . . We may wish to maintain a faithful presence in the institutions of culture, but that doesn’t mean the culture wants us there, or will let us remain without crossing lines that we cannot in good conscience cross. What then? At the present moment, the literature professor, Dante scholar, and orthodox Catholic Anthony Esolen is under severe attack at his own institution, Providence College, for having recently written a couple of essays criticizing the present conception of “diversity” on his Catholic campus, and reflecting on the persecutorial phase of our culture (here’s one, and here’s the other). Protesting students and even some faculty are attempting to drive him out of the college for wrongthink. They may not succeed, not if tenure means anything, but they are likely to succeed in making his life there hell, such that he would love to shake the dust off his feet and get out of town. . . .

Salvo Links 10-24-2016

Some good stuff from around the web…

Children of the Revolution: The rise of the alt-Left
Michael J. Totten for City Journal

My College Succumbed to the Totalitarian Diversity Cult
Anthony Esolen for Crisis Magazine

Rediscovering the origin of the sexual revolution: Where and when did the infection begin?
Michael Cook for Mercatornet

And of course over the years Salvo has covered all of these issues within its pages. Be sure to check out our new and improved online archives, organized by topic. Topics include: Civilization, Philosophy, and Prudence–a great online resource.


From the latest issue of Salvo. The New Sex Primer: Transgenderism Is Forced into Public Schools by Laurie Higgins


By the fall of 2017, kindergartners in Washington State will be taught to “understand the range of gender roles, identity, and expression across cultures.” For those unclear about what precisely will be taught, the kindergarten curriculum developers provide a helpful glossary that includes a definition of “gender”:

Gender: A social construct based on emotional, behavioral, and cultural characteristics attached to a person’s assigned biological sex. A person’s social and/or legal status as male or female.

• Gender expression. The way someone outwardly expresses their gender, whether consciously or unconsciously.

• Gender identity. Someone’s inner sense of their gender (see Transgender).

• Gender roles. Social expectations about how people should act, think, or feel based on their assigned biological sex.

Kindergarten now marks the starting point for government indoctrination of children into the brave, new, sexless, science-denying orthodoxy of the “transgender” movement, the end result of which is not a more compassionate society, but a society in which there is no public recognition of, or respect for, sexual differentiation.

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Salvo Links 10.12.2016

Some good stuff around the web:

Brian Cox says humans won’t make contact with aliens – and gives a very specific reason why not
By Jeff Parsons | mirror.co.uk

That’s Not Funny
by Anthony Sacramone | isi.org

The Roots of Campus Leftism
Who are the oppressors and who the oppressed?
By Warren Treadgold | weeklystandard.com

And here are some links to Salvo articles related to the stories above (from the new and improved archives):

ETI In the Sky
What the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligent Life Means for Us
by Hugh Ross

Intolerant Tolerance
The Myth of Moral Neutrality
by Greg Koukl

State Purposes
Utopian Creep & the Struggle for Human Rights & Freedom
by Terrell Clemmons